Jesus is the New Us: Being In Christ

My title probably makes no sense, so I shall move straightaway to explaining it. We are humanity. We are humans. So is Jesus. Jesus is the God-man, both entirely divine and entirely human. He is indeed entirely human.

So what is my point? Jesus is not just any human, but the human. First time around, Adam was the human. He represented all of us, and was deeply connected with each one of us by being the original man from who we all descend. And thus because of his sin, in Adam we all die. Adam’s death is our death, and our death is Adam’s death. In Adam we, humanity, were given dominion over creation, dignity as God’s chief creation, and divine communion with God Himself. Yet Adam forfeit these gifts, and in him we did as well.

Fortunately, God always had a plan. Regardless of Adam’s sin, humanity was truly made for being united with God, and as long as God and man are completely different beings there is no hope of such communion. Therefore we have Jesus. He is God, and He is human. Not only is He human, but He is the human, moreso than even Adam. In fact, Jesus is the most human person that ever lived, because He alone fulfilled God’s will for human existence perfectly. Only Jesus, as a human being, trusted God perfectly, loved His neighbor perfectly, and walked every step perfectly in line with the Father through the Spirit.

Because He was (and is!) the perfect human being, He is able and qualified to head up humanity again in replacement of Adam. He stands before God on behalf of each and every one of us. And thankfully, He stands in a very good standing, in perfect relationship with the Father. The Father loves Him utterly, and He has even as a human loved the Father utterly. There is perfect communion between God and man going on in that relationship, and by grace through faith we ourselves are part of it. We are in Christ, as He personally stands for each and every one of us before the Father. This is no mere legal arrangement, either. We are united with Him on a deep and spiritual level, reaching the core of us, made possible by the indwelling Holy Spirit. So in this context, we all being made new in Christ, we commune with the Father. Moreover, since Jesus has a perfect relationship with the Father, we share in that perfect relationship. It is already accomplished. No chance of it faltering or ending. Any troubles we have connecting with God on earth are just because the reality Christ made for us is still working its way into this fallen world. But we are secure in Christ. For He is the new us, and He is perfect.

I’ll end with John 17 for your contemplation:

Jesus spoke these things, looked up to heaven, and said:

the hour has come.
Glorify Your Son
so that the Son may glorify You,
for You gave Him authority
over all flesh;
so He may give eternal life
to all You have given Him.
This is eternal life:
that they may know You, the only true God,
and the One You have sent—Jesus Christ.
I have glorified You on the earth
by completing the work You gave Me to do.
Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence
with that glory I had with You
before the world existed.

I have revealed Your name
to the men You gave Me from the world.
They were Yours, You gave them to Me,
and they have kept Your word.
Now they know that all things
You have given to Me are from You,
because the words that You gave Me,
I have given them.
They have received them
and have known for certain
that I came from You.
They have believed that You sent Me.
I pray for them.
I am not praying for the world
but for those You have given Me,
because they are Yours.
Everything I have is Yours,
and everything You have is Mine,
and I have been glorified in them.
I am no longer in the world,
but they are in the world,
and I am coming to You.
Holy Father,
protect them by Your name
that You have given Me,
so that they may be one as We are one.
While I was with them,
I was protecting them by Your name
that You have given Me.
I guarded them and not one of them is lost,
except the son of destruction,
so that the Scripture may be fulfilled.
Now I am coming to You,
and I speak these things in the world
so that they may have My joy completed in them.
I have given them Your word.
The world hated them
because they are not of the world,
as I am not of the world.
I am not praying
that You take them out of the world
but that You protect them from the evil one.
They are not of the world,
as I am not of the world.
Sanctify them by the truth;
Your word is truth.
As You sent Me into the world,
I also have sent them into the world.
I sanctify Myself for them,
so they also may be sanctified by the truth.

I pray not only for these,
but also for those who believe in Me
through their message.
May they all be one,
as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You.
May they also be one in Us,
so the world may believe You sent Me.
I have given them the glory You have given Me.
May they be one as We are one.
I am in them and You are in Me.
May they be made completely one,
so the world may know You have sent Me
and have loved them as You have loved Me.
I desire those You have given Me
to be with Me where I am.
Then they will see My glory,
which You have given Me
because You loved Me before the world’s foundation.
Righteous Father!
The world has not known You.
However, I have known You,
and these have known that You sent Me.
I made Your name known to them
and will make it known,
so the love You have loved Me with
may be in them and I may be in them.

John 17

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